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Wilde named Vice President and Divisional Chief Financial Officer

Sep. 26, 2022, 8:31 AM

Chris Wilde, MBA, CPA

by John Howser

Chris Wilde, MBA, CPA, executive vice president and enterprise chief financial officer for Atrium Navicent Health in Macon, Georgia, has been named to the newly expanded role of Vice President & Divisional Chief Financial Officer (DCFO) for Vanderbilt University Hospital (VUH) and Adult Ambulatory Operations. Wilde will join Vanderbilt University Medical Center on Oct. 31.

With colleagues in VUMC’s Department of Finance, Wilde will be responsible for the overall financial performance and all aspects of daily fiscal management of VUH and Adult Ambulatory Operations to enable VUMC’s flagship hospital and adult clinics to achieve operational, financial and strategic goals.

VUH is VUMC’s quaternary adult teaching hospital that is licensed for 726 acute care and specialty beds and 79 observation and extended recovery beds. The hospital provides the most advanced forms of patient care and serves an integral role for medical training and clinical research conducted by Vanderbilt faculty.

“The aggressive growth of our health system has created the need for high level of financial leadership and expertise for VUH and the adult clinics,” said Cecelia B. Moore, MHA, CPA, VUMC’s Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer. “Chris was chosen for this important expanded role based on his experience and background in a variety of leadership roles in previous organizations.”

Wilde will serve as an adviser to other members of VUH’s leadership team regarding the operational financial management and strategic financial development of VUH. In addition, he will oversee and support the Adult Ambulatory Finance staff, providing coordination between VUH and ambulatory operations.

At Atrium Health Navicent, Wilde has been responsible for the Central Georgia market with oversight for all aspects of financial performance. In 2019 he led a financial turnaround including revenue cycle and productivity improvement, along with the financial integration with Atrium.

Prior to his service with Atrium Navicent, Wilde served as chief transformation officer and chief financial officer for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta where he led a large team and oversaw a full range of finance-related initiatives.

Wilde earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and a Master’s in Business Administration from Mercer University.

“It is a blessing to have the opportunity to work with such a prestigious organization.  I am looking so forward to working with Cecelia, the leaders at VUH and adult clinics, and the financial team as we grow to meet the healthcare needs in Tennessee.  It is a very exciting time to be in Nashville.  My wife and I are thrilled to become a part of this great community.”  Wilde said.

VUH includes a Level 1 trauma center, regional burn center and Tennessee’s only transplant center that performs all solid organ transplants, along with offering a wide range of cardiovascular, neuroscience and specialty medical and surgical services.

VUMC’s Adult Ambulatory Clinics are located on the downtown Nashville campus in The Vanderbilt Clinic and at numerous off campus sites across Middle Tennessee and beyond. The One Hundred Oaks campus utilizes approximately 451,000 sq. ft. and supports approximately 360,000 patient visits annually. In addition to clinic space, recent expansions to One Hundred Oaks added procedural areas including gastrointestinal suites. Other large adult ambulatory clinics include the Belle Meade Surgical Center and Clinic, Hendersonville Medical Office Building, and numerous sites in Williamson County, south of Nashville, with over 500,000 annual visits.

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